A CEO will share career lessons with DelVal students

Apr 09, 2012

Delaware Valley College is pleased to welcome Lawrence Cohen as its twelfth Thomas W. Watson Executive-in-Residence speaker.

Cohen, CEO of IVD Solutions, LLC, will give a lecture presentation April 12 at 10:50 a.m. in Moumgis Auditorium on DelVal’s Doylestown campus.

IVD Solutions does consulting work for medical device and In Vitro Diagnostic companies.

The Executive-in-Residence program brings worldwide business leaders to the college to give students a chance to hear from people with firsthand knowledge of the business world.

The program was started in 2005 by Thomas W. Watson, a 1957 graduate of DelVal. Watson is co-founder and vice chairman emeritus of Omnicom Group, Inc., a strategic holding company that manages a portfolio of global businesses. Watson also is dean of the company’s Omnicom University.

The event is free to the college community.

Cohen brings experience working everywhere from startups to companies as large as Johnson & Johnson. He has experience in leading organizations, strategic business development and international business.

“I’m very excited,” said Cohen. “It’s an honor to be a Watson speaker. I’m looking forward to sharing my background with the students. I will be sharing the various experiences I’ve been through, both the good ones and the bad ones… Hopefully they can take something from my experiences and use it as they move forward, out of school and into the job world.”

He will be touching on mentorships and some of the things that, as he looks back on his career, stand out as steps that could help students enhance their own careers.

After his presentation, he will have lunch with the business administration faculty and students and see a presentation by students in DelVal’s Students in Free Enterprise group.

Before IVD Solutions, Cohen spent about 10 years as president of International Technidyne Corporation, a company in Edison, N.J., that develops, manufactures and markets medical testing devices.

He was also CEO of HemoSense, another medical devices company, that only had five employees when he joined. He led the company through product development and clinical trials and helped it grow to 25 employees.

Before helping HemoSense develop, he was a worldwide group vice president for Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, a Johnson & Johnson company. At Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, he started out as a vice president of sales and marketing and held positions of increasing responsibility as the company grew.

At Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, he was part of a team that led the approximately $1 billion acquisition of Kodak Clinical Diagnostics.

Prior to Johnson & Johnson he held senior management positions at various companies in the medical industry.

Previous Executives in Residence include: Neil Clover, Sydney F. Martin, Richard Reif, Charles J. Alpuche, JM Herr, Pamela Sander, Howard Stoeckel, Phillip Clemens, Rob Dhoble, Thomas Watson and Laura Owen.